In September, the Hamilton City Council commissioned a report to assess the level of demand for hotels within the city. The report looked at whether there was a need for another 4-star hotel in Hamilton.
The report said there was a "noticeable gap" for 4-star plus hotels in Hamilton, saying the majority of accommodation was between 3 and 3.5 stars.
The Hamilton City Council was looking into possible solutions to attract more visitors to the Hamilton and Waikato region, including building new 4-star accommodation to fill the gap in the market.
At the time, owner of Ventura Inn & Suites, Kenneth Mitchell, issued a press release about renovations to his Clarence Street hotel.
Mr Mitchell had started renovations to bring Ventura Inn & Suites, currently rated 3.5, up to a 4-star rating.
“I saw a need to take my hotel to the next level,” said Mr Mitchell. “I had already made plans for the renovations, always intending to lift the hotel to a 4-star rating. When the Hamilton City Council publicised the report calling for more 4-star hotels, our plans at Ventura were already underway.
“We’re happy to say we’re going to 4-star and it’s easy to achieve.”
Renovations at Ventura Inn & Suites so far have included replacing the beds, painting walls and installing Waikato-themed artworks.
Mr Mitchell says the next step in Ventura’s renovation is the reception area.
“The existing reception area is a generous space and forms the heart of the hotel where people congregate, eat together and converse. The upgrade is an opportunity to create a special ambience with a little Kiwiana and difference. We want guests to linger and be wowed,” he says.
Contact Ventura Inn & Suites:
Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
23 Clarence St, Hamilton
Ph: +64 7 838 0110